Ben's Week In Review: December 11
Well, a bomb or two was dropped during the Spike TV Video Game Awards 2011. That was interesting.
Naughty Dog is doing it? Okay, I'm in
You know, I just realized: I've said in the past that during the first PlayStation generation, if a game had the Squaresoft label on the box, I bought it. No questions asked. And since that time, I haven't felt that way about any developer. Then along came Naughty Dog and the incomparable Uncharted franchise, and the new announcement of The Last Of Us. In the first ten seconds of watching that trailer, it dawned on me that I almost didn't care about the concept...Naughty Dog is doing it. All I need to know.
Personally, I'm hoping for a story-driven, character-oriented adventure that is a cross between action and survival/horror. I want to feel the stress of constant survival (the girl says it's a "routine" in the trailer), and I want to feel for the characters. Hell, I want Heavy Rain crossed with Uncharted crossed with Silent Hill. ...oh be quiet, it's not impossible.
Well, if Platinum can't do it, nobody can
I only needed Bayonetta and Vanquish to convince me that Platinum Games is a top-tier developer. Now, even if they're only great at action extravaganzas, so what? Doesn't Metal Gear Solid: Rising qualify? I don't like the supposed new name - "Revengeance" isn't even a word - but Platinum can make this great. I know they can. I just wonder how Hideo Kojima feels about all this...isn't this the first MGS developed outside Konami? How big of a role does Kojima even have?
I also wonder if he's putting the entire project behind him and focusing on his current projects, like Zone of the Enders 3 (yes, please!) and that mysterious "Project Ogre" game. Oh, and MGS5. Let's not forget that one. I just wonder if Rising or Revengeance (or whatever) will actually appeal to MGS fans. I mean, Raiden is the main character so that's something, but this is hardly vintage MGS gameplay...
Personal gaming update
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is done and it was incredible, although I felt the ending could've been a tad more forceful and emotional. I talk more about this in the new PSXE Show, which should be finished this week. I also gave Catherine another stab and - forgive me - started a new game of Final Fantasy VII. I just want a break from the slew of Oct/Nov reviews, and I'm waiting until Christmas before I start into a few of the games I want to play and finish, like Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
Also, you can blame Jo Garcia for the FFVII thing. She dubbed herself a "Final Fantasy girl" in the first minute of our conversation, and I knew right then and there we could talk about FF all night. I think if I hadn't switched gears at some point, we might've...and so, here I am, playing FFVII again. 'sigh' Well, whatever. Maybe I'll use Tifa this time. :)
P.S. Upcoming interviews that are possible but not cemented in stone: Nolan North and Ali Hillis.
12/10/2011 Ben Dutka